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Team ready to take Polar Plunge

Halifax County has a dedicated group of volunteers prepared to enter the cold water at Virginia Beach to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia and the local Special Olympics program.  

On Saturday, Feb. 8, this group will join over 3,000 volunteers from across the state as they race into the surf.  Funds raised from the Polar Plunge are used to provide Halifax County individuals with intellectual disabilities training and competition in soccer, bocce, swimming, bowling, basketball and track and field events.

Area athletes compete in local, area, regional and state level tournaments throughout the year.

This will be the eighth year that Halifax County has participated in the Special Olympics Virginia Polar Plunge, according to Barbara Haven of South Boston Elementary School. 

In 2010, team members plunged during a snow and sleet storm — “2014 could be our second plunge in the snow,” Haven said.  

The team has grown each year with more delegations from schools and community members. The 2014 Area 15 – Halifax County Team includes volunteers and family members from Halifax County Public Schools including Central Office representatives Jeff Davis, Eileen Newton, Brittany Andes; Clays Mill Elementary School representative Jennifer Taylor;  Cluster Springs Early Learning Center representatives Jennifer King and Beth Tingen; Cluster Springs Elementary School representatives Amanda Cross and Jackson Newton;  Halifax County Middle School representatives Justyce Reid, Chase Tingen and Ryan Tingen; Halifax County High School representative Amanda Baker Everett;  Scottsburg Elementary representative Cheryl Isom;  South Boston Elementary representatives Barbara Haven, Jackie Hubbard Reid, Denise Wilkerson, Mia Lewis, Mehki Jackson, Brooke Womack, PTO President  Stephanie Tucker Robinson, Matt Robinson, Kayla Tucker-Bridge and Catherine Womack;  Sinai Elementary School representatives  Michele Fitch and Kathryn Fitch.  Additional members of the team are Halifax County Public Schools retiree Eileen Centuolo, Nathan Webber of Carlbrook School and Ray McElroy. 

Donations to Special Olympics Virginia are tax deductible.  To make a Polar Plunge donation, contact any of the volunteers listed participating.  Online donations also can be made at www.firstgiving.com (type Area 15 – Halifax County in the search line).